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June 17, 2010

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N.E.R.D Surprise Fans With Lupe Fiasco Performance


June 17, 2010 10:14:37 GMT


Hip-hop trio N.E.R.D sent fans into a frenzy on Wednesday night, June 16 when they brought surprise guest Lupe Fiasco onstage with them at a free show in New York. The hitmakers, fronted by Pharrell Williams, performed at the fabled Brooklyn Bowl and treated devotees to a slew of hits, including "She Wants To Move", "Spaz", "Lapdance", "Sooner or Later" and their new track "Hot-N-Fun".

But the audience went into overdrive when they introduced Fiasco for a performance of "Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing in the Line for the Bathroom)." The Superstar rapper hung out on stage with Williams, Shay and Chad Hugo as they jammed with their band, before returning for an encore with Rock Star.
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Leona Lewis Surprises Fans With Matthew Morrison Duet


June 17, 2010 10:06:45 GMT


Leona Lewis stunned fans at her London show on Wednesday night, June 16 by welcoming "Glee" star Matthew Morrison onstage for a duet. The "Bleeding Love" hitmaker and Morrison enjoyed a night out in the U.K. capital earlier this week, and they cemented their new-found friendship by teaming up at Lewis' O2 Arena gig.

The pair sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to rapturous applause from fans - a song which Lewis branded "very special to both of us". The singer performed the track on hit talent show "The X Factor", which she won in 2006, while Morrison sang the track in the season finale of "Glee".
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Megan Fox Feels Empowered With Tight Corset

June 17, 2010 10:02:24 GMT


Megan Fox defied movie bosses' advice on the set of "Jonah Hex" - she wore her corsets so tight, crew members were convinced she would pass out. The sexy star wore a super-tight body piece for the shoot, against producers' advice - and the actress admits it made her feel "empowered".

She tells Britain's The Sun, "They (bosses) never wanted to suck me in all the way because they were worried it was going to be too tight. They were concerned I was going to faint. But I always wanted it as tight as it would possibly go. I liked it - it was kind of empowering, to be truthful."
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Ian Somerhalder Proposes All-Star Telethon for Oil Spill


June 17, 2010 10:01:59 GMT


Actor Ian Somerhalder is urging his Hollywood pals to come together and organize a star-studded telethon to help raise funds for the state of Louisiana following the devastating BP oil spill in April. The "The Vampire Diaries" star hails from Covington, which is near to the coastline where oil is washing up daily, after failed efforts by British Petroleum bosses to stem the leak.

Somerhalder took a trip back to his home state recently and was shocked by the damage along Gulf Coast. The actor is now appealing to screen stars to come together and raise much-needed cash to help the people of Louisiana, after seeing the huge success of George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now telethon earlier this year.
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Paul McCartney's Daughter Gets Married Without Even Telling Him


June 17, 2010 10:01:03 GMT


Sir Paul McCartney's daughter Mary has married in secret at the same place The Beatles star wed her late mother Linda. The "Let It Be" hitmaker had no idea his eldest daughter was planning to marry writer and director Simon Aboud and only found out after the ceremony, according to Britain's Daily Mail.

Mary and her new-husband exchanged vows at London's Marylebone Register Office on Saturday, June 12, where the music legend married Linda in 1969, and just days before the star's 68th birthday on Friday, June 18.
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Kylie Minogue to Return to Acting Roots

June 17, 2010 10:00:41 GMT


Kylie Minogue is heading back to the big screen - the Australian singer is "in the process" of choosing her comeback movie role. The "Spinning Around" hitmaker shot to fame in Aussie soap opera "Neighbours" in the 1980s before launching a hugely successful singing career.

In the 1990s, she made a handful of movie appearances, with roles in "The Delinquents", "Street Fighter" and a small part as the Green Fairy in "Moulin Rouge!". Minogue admits she's eager to return to films - and is currently in negotiations with movie bosses about a new job.
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U2 to Suffer $150 Million Loss Over Tour Cancellation

June 17, 2010 09:58:49 GMT


Rockers U2 stand to lose up to $150 million from the cancellation of their world tour after Bono underwent emergency back surgery, according to a new report. The Irish band were forced to postpone the next leg of their massive trek and scrap their appearance at Britain's Glastonbury festival after the frontman was admitted to hospital for the operation last month.

And the delay is set to cost the band dearly. Their manager Paul McGuinness tells Britain's The Sun, "If we play or not, touring still costs us 500,000 pounds a day." An insider adds, "Bono and the band are covered by insurance but the cost of overheads and missed revenue could easily reach 100 million pounds by the time he's fit enough to tour again."
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Guitarist Defends Scissor Sisters' Album Artwork


June 17, 2010 09:57:37 GMT


Scissor Sisters star Del Marquis has defended the band's controversial new record sleeve art, insisting it is a "really classic-looking album cover". The group's latest disc, "Night Work", has sparked controversy after the cover shot was revealed as a provocative close-up of a man's clenched bottom - but guitarist Del Marquis is proud of the artwork.

He tells Digital Spy, "I knew that it would invoke different responses from different people. We're a love/hate band - people seem to either vehemently despise us or love us with all their hearts. The way someone reacts to it will tell you a lot about that person."
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Eve Almost Married Producer Stevie J

June 17, 2010 09:53:57 GMT


Rapper/actress Eve almost became producer Stevie J's wife after a night of boozing - until her mother convinced her she was "much too young" for marriage. The star dated the former Bad Boy Entertainment hitmaker early on in her career, soon after she joined DMX's rap group Ruff Ryders in the late 1990s.

And Eve admits she would have walked down the aisle with Stevie J on a whim if her mum Julia Wilch had not given her a stern talking to. In a new Behind The Music documentary, Eve says, "He turned out to be my first love. We did think about getting married. He actually called my mother at like, 2.30 in the morning, and said, 'I'm gonna marry your daughter tomorrow morning' and I was like, 'I love him!' "
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People's Most Amazing Bodies List Released With Zac Efron at Top

June 17, 2010 09:52:18 GMT


People magazine has released its Most Amazing Bodies list and Zac Efron is at the top. The "High School Musical" movie series star flaunts his buff bod in the cover of the magazine, which will be on newsstands on Friday, June 18.

On how he could stay in such a great shape, Zac revealed, "My fail-safe is to go to the gym for an hour." Zac, however, doesn't steal the spotlight only with his hot body but also with his acting skill. The boyfriend of Vanessa Hudgens is currently in Wailea, Hawaii where he is set to receive the Maui Film Fest's Shining Star Award on Wednesday night, June 16.
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John Travolta Cheered Australian Team With 'Grease' Song

June 17, 2010 09:49:09 GMT


John Travolta treated the Australian soccer team to a rendition of "Grease" hit "You're the One That I Want" in a bid to spur them on to World Cup victory last week. The actor jetted to South Africa to cheer on the Australian side before their opening game in the World Cup against Germany.

Travolta turned up at one of the squad's training sessions and was presented with a shirt featuring his name and the number 10 emblazoned on the back. In return, Travolta sang the soccer stars a tuneful rendition of the popular "Grease" track - but changed the the lyrics to, 'You better shape up, cos I need a team'.
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Photo Gallery: 'Entourage' Held Star-Studded Premiere

June 17, 2010 09:41:56 GMT


It was more like a star-studded affair for television series rather than a celebration for the impending "Entourage". On Wednesday, June 16, Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles hosted a brown carpet event for season 7 premiere of the HBO series, welcoming not only the main cast but plenty of guests as well.

Representing the show were Jeremy Piven, Kevin Dillon, Kevin Connolly, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara among others. Meanwhile, producer Mark Wahlberg came with wife Rhea Durham in tow. Faces from the past like Maria Menounos, Autumn Reeser, Carla Gugino and Kelly Kruger offered their support for the show that once had them.
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Kellan Lutz Pictured Shirtless on the Set of 'Immortals'

June 17, 2010 09:31:11 GMT


After Henry Cavill, Freida Pinto and Mickey Rourke are featured in the first stills from "Immortals", a look at Kellan Lutz in the film has been obtained in several on-set pictures. In the images, the actor is seen shirtless and wearing loincloth while still sporting sneakers.

In the upcoming film, the "Twilight" hunk portrays Greek God Poseidon. The story itself follows Theseus who leads his men into battle with the immortal Greek gods to defeat evil and the powerful elder gods of the Titans in order to save mankind.
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New Boyfriend Makes Amy Winehouse Sober

June 17, 2010 09:09:08 GMT


Amy Winehouse is attempting to put her personal problems behind her for the sake of her new boyfriend - the singer has quit drinking and smoking, according to a close friend. The "Back to Black" hitmaker, who spent eight months in the Caribbean last year in a bid to conquer her drug addiction, has moved on from her troubled relationship with ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil and is now dating filmmaker Reg Traviss.

And the Brit is so keen to make her new romance last, she's given up her last-remaining vices. Her friend Sam Shaker tells Britain's The Sun, "She is totally transformed. I am so proud of her. She has stopped drinking and even stopped smoking completely. Reg has sorted her out... I told her how proud I was and she says she is the happiest she has ever been. He's made a new person of her. He is a civilised man, a gentleman. She is so blissful and has turned herself around for him."
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Sam Worthington May Get Tangled in Love Triangle in 'This Means War'

June 17, 2010 09:08:30 GMT


Sam Worthington has been offered a lead role in 20th Century Fox's action comedy "This Means War". According to New York Magazine's Vulture, the 33-year-old actor is in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Chris Pine.

If the deal is sealed, Worthington is likely to be seen playing a best friend of Pine's character. The two, however, fall for the same girl played by Witherspoon and wage black-ops warfare on each other. No exact release date is set for the project, which was first proposed in 1998.
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'Harry Potter' Star Rupert Grint Treasures Small Movies

June 17, 2010 09:00:20 GMT


Rupert Grint enjoys the "pressure" of working on low-budget films after starring in the "Harry Potter" franchise - because every shot "means a lot more". The British actor made his name playing Ron Weasley in the blockbuster wizard movies, but has branched out with roles in smaller films, including "Driving Lessons" and "Cherrybomb".

Grint admits the independent movie experience is completely different to his Potter days - but he enjoys the intensity of the shoots. He tells Reuters, "I'm kind of just looking ahead now because Potter is coming to an end and it's just trying to keep going really."
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Blake Shelton's 'All About Tonight' Music Video Debuted

June 17, 2010 08:59:30 GMT


A little taste of Blake Shelton's live performance is offered in a newly-premiered music video for his new single "All About Tonight". The footage featured in the clip is taken from the country music singer's May 26 concert in Evansville, Indiana.

"All About Tonight" is Blake's fastest-rising single to date and will be included in his upcoming Six Pak album of the same name "All About Tonight (EP)". The mini album is plotted to arrive on August 10 and aimed to follow up his award-winning six-song effort "Hillbilly Bone".
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Kyra Sedgwick Forbids Her Kids to Follow Her

June 17, 2010 08:53:44 GMT


Kyra Sedgwick is determined to keep her kids out of showbusiness, because she doesn't want them to follow in their parents' footsteps and become insecure adults. "The Closer" star admits she worries about Travis, 20, and Sosie, 18, growing up in the spotlight - and she hopes they will choose another career.

The actress, who is married to "Footloose" star Kevin Bacon, tells More magazine, "I don't want my kid(s) to have all the rejection and pain and insecurity of this crazy business." And Sedgwick admits she's had to sacrifice her own family for the sake of her career, while she credits Bacon with keeping the unit together: "Kevin has to share me with more of the world now than he signed up for."
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Gary Coleman Wished for No Funeral

June 17, 2010 08:49:20 GMT


A Utah Judge has appointed Robert Jeffs as a special administrator of Gary Coleman's estate until the validity of Coleman's ex-wife Shannon Price and a woman named in his third will Anna Gray's claims could be determined. On Wednesday, June 16, Jeffs told Associate Press that Coleman's 2005 will specifies that there should be no funeral services for the late actor.

Jeffs further said that Coleman wanted to be cremated and the judge has ordered him to arrange the late actor's wish as soon as Gray can make it to Utah from her home in Portland so that she can view his body. He also stated that Coleman's ashes and property will be securely stored until a final determination is made on an estate executor.
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'Jersey Shore' to Cut Four Original Members


June 17, 2010 08:35:37 GMT


Not even a "Sweetheart" is safe from elimination. The latest report about "Jersey Shore" said that Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola is on the verge of being thrown out of the show to make room for fresh bloods. However, Sammi is not the only one for Vinny, Angelina and her former flame Ronnie are also disposed.

TMZ said that four are let go to bring in four new tanned-faces for season 3. The reason to choose the particular four is based on their popularity. "The footage that was already shot of Sammi, Ronnie, Vinny and Angelina has 'underwhelmed' MTV honchos," the site wrote. A source said, "They should be very worried."
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Kid Cudi Debuts First Single From 'Man on the Moon II'

June 17, 2010 08:32:15 GMT


On the heels of his arrest, Kid Cudi debuts the first taste of his upcoming sophomore set "Man on the Moon II : The Legend of Mr. Rager". Produced by Plain Pat, the new song is titled "REVOFEV" and has previously been played in a few live shows.

"Those having trouble pronouncing the title, its REV OF EV which is short for Revolution Of Evolution," Cudi wrote on his official blog when posting a download link to the song. "Just let it flow ha say it how its spelled."
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Rocker Vinnie Paul Has Written New Cookbook

June 17, 2010 08:29:29 GMT


Former Pantera and Damageplan rocker Vinnie Paul has written a new cookbook. The heavy metal drummer will share his favorite recipes with fans in "Drumming Up an Appetite With Vinnie Paul". The proud Texan boasts the book will be packed with tips and advice about how to perfect simple dishes from his home state.

He says, "I love cooking fajitas and it's not a difficult thing to do, but a lot of people burn the chicken." And he'll even reveal all about his favorite dish. He tells LimeWire Music Blog, "I take fresh jalapenos (peppers), put cream cheese on them, maybe a little fajita seasoning, cheddar cheese on top and the key ingredient, which I learned in Australia, is barbecue sauce."
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Franz Ferdinand, Romeo Stoddart and More to Appear on Edwyn Collins' Comeback Album

June 17, 2010 08:24:58 GMT


Franz Ferdinand stars Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy, The Magic Numbers' frontman Romeo Stoddart and Johnny Marr are among the stars who will appear on Scottish singer/songwriter Edwyn Collins' first full-length album since suffering a stroke in 2005.

The former Orange Juice star's Losing Sleep is set for release later this year. Collins was struck down by two cerebral hemorrhages, and was left with an inability to speak or understand language. The "Rip It Up" singer has made steady progress since his health emergency.
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Robert Pattinson Still Thrilled He Got Chance to Contribute Music in 'Twilight'

June 17, 2010 08:23:37 GMT


Robert Pattinson is convinced the success of "Twilight" took everyone by surprise because he was allowed to contribute to the film's soundtrack. The brooding Brit recorded the songs "Never Think" and "Let Me Sign" for the film's score, and admits he's still thrilled he got the chance to show off his musical talents.

But he's sure that if producers and director Catherine Hardwicke had known how big a film the vampire love story would become, they'd have reached out to the world's top bands straightaway. He says, "It was nice to be involved in the first soundtrack. I just saw 'Twilight' on TV for the first time a few days ago and when my songs came on I thought, 'That's so bizarre that I actually had those songs in the movie'."
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Neil Patrick Harris Presents 'The Smurfs' Teaser Trailer

June 17, 2010 08:20:39 GMT


A day before the full-length trailer for "The Smurfs" debuts on Thursday, June 17, a teaser trailer for the movie has come out via Yahoo! Movies. It opens with introduction from Neil Patrick Harris and features shots of some famous tourism objects from around the world such as pyramid in Egypt and Eiffel tower in France. On the closing scene, Grouchy, Papa and Clumsy appear with the background of Big Apple.

In the upcoming movie, Gargamel, who wants to use the Smurfs as charms, discovers the Smurfs' magical village and scatters them into the woods. Accidentally, Clumsy and several other Smurfs are transported to Central Park. As Gargamel pursues them, the blue characters cannot return home easily and must take refuge with a husband and a wife.
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The Smashing Pumpkins Set to Headline 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival

June 17, 2010 08:18:45 GMT


Rockers The Smashing Pumpkins will stop traffic in Hollywood later this summer when they headline the 2010 Sunset Strip Music Festival. Billy Corgan and his bandmates will wrap up a full day of live music at venues scattered along Sunset Boulevard with a street gig on August 28.

The three-day event will launch with a tribute to Slash at the House of Blues on August 26. 2009 festival, which lured over 10,000 music fans to the closed-down Strip, was opened and closed by Ozzy Osbourne and featured performances by former KISS star Ace Frehley, Korn and Donnas.
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Son Reveals Ray Charles Never Recovered From Brother's Death

June 17, 2010 08:17:47 GMT


Legendary soul man Ray Charles hid the pain of failing to save his brother from drowning for much of his life, according to the piano great's son Ray Charles Robinson Jr. In a new biography titled "You Don't Know Me", Robinson insists his father never recovered from the death of his brother George, who accidentally drowned in a washtub.

He says, "Talking about his brother was almost impossible... It was clear that he still held himself responsible for George's death. The last thing my father remembers about that day is the sight of his mother, her face streaming with tears, carrying George's lifeless body into a cabin."
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Eve Almost Ended Music Career When Having Major Breakdown in 2000

June 17, 2010 08:17:16 GMT


Rapper Eve almost walked away from her promising music career in 2000 after suffering a major breakdown and convincing herself she had a brain tumor. The "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" hitmaker rose to fame as the only female member of DMX's rap crew Ruff Ryders when her debut, "Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryder's First Lady", was released in 1999.

But the stress of constantly living under the spotlight took its toll on Eve and she fell into a deep depression which quickly affected her health. In a new "Behind the Music" documentary, she says, "It was six months of my life and me trying to get back to being myself. I had headaches and chest pain, to the point where I made a doctor give me an MRI because I thought I absolutely had a tumor. It was anxiety, that I didn't know. I was having crazy panic attacks."
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Farrah Fawcett Spirit Made Contact With Tori Spelling


June 17, 2010 08:10:23 GMT


Actress and reality TV star Tori Spelling was left stunned when her former neighbor Farrah Fawcett made contact with her from beyond the grave as she was trying to channel her late father, TV mogul Aaron Spelling. As the first anniversary of the actress' death approaches, on June 25, the "Beverly Hills, 90210" star has revealed she recently received a message from Fawcett during a reading with celebrity psychic John Edwards.

Spelling admits Edwards was as shocked as his client when the late "Charlie's Angels" star "came through" with a message for Tori to pass on to Fawcett's longtime partner Ryan O'Neal and their son Redmond. She tells U.S. news show Access Hollywood, "Farrah Fawcett came through in my reading loud and clear. It was really awkward."
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Tim Allen Felt Intimidated When Directing Sigourney Weaver

June 17, 2010 08:09:43 GMT


Funnyman Tim Allen was nervous ahead of his directorial debut "Crazy on the Outside" because he was intimidated about ordering around Sigourney Weaver on the film set. The comedian recruited Weaver for the crime drama, but kept imagining her as tough "Aliens" character Ellen Ripley.

He says, "She's big, she's tall, she's scary. She's Ripley for crying out loud! She stabs aliens!" And Allen admits he's embarrassed looking back at his attempts to prove his directorial skills, comparing himself to a young girl, saying "My voice (would) get in that (high octave), 'Um, you know, it would be great if... I don't know why I'm talking like a little girl'."
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Charlie Sheen's Wife 'NOT in Rehab', Rep Insists

June 17, 2010 08:09:01 GMT


A representative for Charlie Sheen's estranged wife Brooke Mueller has fired back at reports the former real estate agent is back in rehab, three months after her last stint. Mueller checked into a treatment facility in California in February in a bid to deal with personal issues, following her 2009 Christmas Day bust-up with her husband in Aspen, Colorado.

After a short spell in the clinic, Mueller returned home to Los Angeles, but now reports suggest she has checked herself back into a professional clinic, where she'll receive treatment for 30 days. But Mueller's rep insists the story isn't completely true, stating "Brooke is not in rehab."
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Coming to 'Glee': Justin Timberlake and Leona Lewis


June 17, 2010 07:49:05 GMT


When "Glee" co-creator Ian Brennan said that for the next season they are "bringing in several new awesome characters", he may possibly be talking about Justin Timberlake and Leona Lewis. These two crooners reportedly are tapped to make a cameo appearance in the second season although FOX has not yet confirmed it.

Timberlake, which has been in the show's wish list for so long, allegedly will play a character instead of himself. Due to his resemblance to the show's star Matthew Morrison, Timberlake is touted to play his younger brother. The producers have once successfully convinced Idina Menzel to play Lea Michele's mom because of their resemblance.
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Rihanna's New Album Aimed to Be 'Timeless' Like 'Thriller'


June 17, 2010 07:38:11 GMT


The recording process of Rihanna's next studio installment "is coming along incredibly," so Bu Thiam revealed. Stargate, Ester Dean, Mel & Mus and Rock City, Ne-Yo and The-Dream are some of the people mentioned by the Vice President of Def Jam to be involved in the effort.

He shared to Vibe, "I'm trying to push her to where every song will be a hit from 1 to 12. I'm talking about NO album fillers. Our bar for this album is Michael Jackson's Thriller." He added, "She's great to work with and very hands on with every song that's being written and produced. She has visual concepts for just about every song. It's already giving me the feel of a timeless album, and right now is her time."
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Miley Cyrus to Star in Paranormal Thriller 'Wake'


June 17, 2010 07:36:42 GMT


After closely related to Disney since early of her career, Miley Cyrus is ready to explore her darker side by playing in a paranormal thriller. The Hollywood Reporter claims the 17-year-old star is attached to star in "Wake", which is based on Lisa McMann's young-adult novel.

Paramount Pictures and MTV Films have picked up the rights to the property, while Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lindsay Williams will team up with Jodi Zuckerman, Tish Cyrus, Steven Schneider as well as Jason Blum to produce it. "Disturbia" co-writer Christopher Landon is hired to provide the script.
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'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Slams Faker in an Outrage Post

June 17, 2010 07:06:31 GMT


In a lengthy blog entry, "Sons of Anarchy" creator took a jab out of actor Chuck Zito who filed a lawsuit and claimed that the show stole his idea. Kurt Sutter, obviously unhappy with the fuss, sent a message to "every delusional b*tch" who thinks that they have come up with the idea for "SOA".

"Having the f**king idea is not the show," he ranted. "There have been dozens of outlaw motorcycle dramas pitched in the last ten years. None of them has made it to series except for SOA because they sucked." Sutter also noted that he and his parent company are "stubborn and aggressive" in fighting such cases.
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Dr. Dre Sets the Record Straight on 'Under Pressure' Leak

June 17, 2010 06:54:26 GMT


Dr. Dre broke his silence hours after learning that his duet track with Jay-Z in a song titled "Under Pressure" has been leaked. On his official website, the rapper/producer confirmed that the song is still unfinished and will be out soon when it's done.

"I want to set the record straight for everybody who's been waiting to hear my music," he wrote on June 17. "The song that's on the Internet is an incomplete song that I'm still working on. When it's ready, you'll be hearing it from me."
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Ozzy Osbourne Plans Fan-Only Show in Hollywood

June 17, 2010 06:54:24 GMT


Ozzy Osbourne will play one of his most intimate shows to a handful of lucky fans on Sunday night, June 20 as part of the promotional campaign behind his new album "Scream". The fan-only show will take place at Hollywood's House of Blues following a record signing event at the fabled Amoeba Music store.

The first 600 fans in line at the signing will land a free ticket to the show. Osbourne's new album will be released next week on June 22.
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Phil Collins Thinks He Is Not Qualified for Hall of Fame Honor


June 17, 2010 06:53:44 GMT


Veteran rocker Phil Collins was left dumbfounded when he learned he would be receiving the Songwriters Hall of Fame's highest honor this year - because he was convinced he was not "qualified". The former Genesis' frontman will be presented with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, in recognition of his lyrical prowess on classics such as "Against All Odds" and "In the Air Tonight", at a ceremony in New York on Thursday, June 17. Collins admits he was taken aback by the honor - and initially assumed he was simply being called on to present the prize to another artist.

He tells the Associated Press, "That's something that I never thought I'd be qualified to get; I still don't think I'm qualified to get it." The 59-year-old star was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Conrad Murray to Mourn Privately on Michael Jackson's Death Anniversary

June 17, 2010 06:52:51 GMT


Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray has chosen to stay away from the official celebrations surrounding the anniversary of his most famous patient's death next week on June 25 - because he doesn't want to cause the Jackson family any heartache. The doctor is accused of administering the